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One Author’s Quest to Find a Mysterious Ancestor

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By B. Black

The designation “Unknown,” written on her grandfather’s death certificate where his mother’s name belonged, sent author Bonnie Lee Black on a quest to discover her mysterious Scottish great-grandmother, Helen Reid David Black, of Kirriemuir, Scotland.

With little to go on, beyond a sure grasp of place and history, Black imagines Helen’s dramatic short life and how it intertwined with the early life of Kirriemuir’s most famous son, novelist and dramatist James (“Jamie”) Barrie, author of Peter Pan.

At this event, Black will read selections from this newly published historical novel, after which she will gladly share her writing process and take questions from the audience. Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase.

Prior to retiring to San Miguel de Allende, Black taught Creative Writing at UNM-Taos (New Mexico) for ten years and was named one of the Remarkable Women of Taos. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University – Los Angeles and a BA (Lit./Writing) from Columbia University in New York.

In addition to the novel Jamie’s Muse (Nighthawk Press, 2018), she is the author of the memoir How to Make an African Quilt (Nighthawk Press, 2013), which is the sequel to her 2010 memoir, How to Cook a Crocodile (Peace Corps Writers), Black is also the author of the memoir Somewhere Child (Viking Press, NY, 1981), which was instrumental in the creation of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

For more on the author, visit her website,, or follow her blog, “The WOW Factor,” .


Book Event

Jamie’s Muse

Fri., Aug 17, 4-6pm

Garrison and Garrison Books

Hidalgo 26, Centro

50 pesos


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